Forest Watch in High School Standards-Based Science

BIG IDEA:  Could we use Forest Watch content to directly address State (and soon National) Content Standards in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics? 
                    WHY?
                    HOW?
                    WHAT?



Sample Curriculum Ideas for Introductory Physics (Massachusetts) 

Massachusetts Introductory Physics Curriculum Frameworks


Example #1: Diagnostic or Formative Assessments ( "Do Now," "Ticket to Leave") using Forest Watch content and physics standards. (Click here to see a traditional diagnostics/formative assessment used in physics class.)

(Easier-to-read ".doc" documents are attached at bottom of page)

Motion and Forces
• MA 1.1 (vectors and scalars)
• MA 1.2 (kinematics calculations)
• MA 1.3 (position vs. time graphs)
• MA 1.4 (Newton's Laws)
• MA 1.5 (force diagrams)
• MA 1.6 (static vs. kinetic friction)
• MA 1.7 (gravity)
• MA 1.8 (circular motion)
Waves 
• MA 4.1 (wave characteristics, SHM)
• MA 4.2 (mechanical/electromagnetic)
• MA 4.3
• MA 4.4 (reflection and refraction)
• MA 4.5
• MA 4.6
Conservation of Energy and Momentum 
• MA 2.1 (conservation of energy)
• MA 2.2 (conservation of mechanical energy)
• MA 2.3 (work)
• MA 2.4 (power)
• MA 2.5 (momentum)
Electromagnetism 
• MA 5.1 (static electricity)
• MA 5.2 (voltage, current, resistance)
• MA 5.3 (circuits)
• MA 5.4 (coulomb's law)
• MA 5.5 (P=IV)
• MA 5.6 (magnetism)
Heat and Heat Transfer  
• MA 3.1 (radiation, convection, conduction)
• MA 3.3 (thermal equilibrium)
• MA 3.3 (phase change)
• MA 3.4 (specific heat capacity)

Electromagnetic Radiation 
• MA 6.1 (light)
• MA 6.2 (electromagnetic spectrum)

Example #2:  Classic Physics Labs using Forest Watch materials.

Falling Autumn Leaves and Seeds Lab (modification of paper helicopter lab)
(".doc" document attached at bottom of page)
• Absorption and Reflectance of Light on Natural Surfaces with Vernier Probes (in development)

Example #3:  Out-of-Class Assignments (homework) that gather evidence of student mastery of physics standards using Forest Watch content. 

• MA 1.1-1.2  Pollution and Back-trajectories (
in development)
• MA 1.4-1.5  Newton's third law and falling seeds
(in development)
• MA 1.7-1.8  Circular motion and Landsat (in development)


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  • Welcome This website shows some ideas for modifying traditional activities, worksheets, labs, and assessments to include Forest Watch content in Introductory Physics High School classes.
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